Typical of spring, the garden is beginning to explode with blooms. I finally harvested what was left of the root vegetables -- a nice, big basketful. It's time for the nightshade family -- in my case, tomatoes, peppers -- and cucurbits. For me, once again, that means mostly cucumbers. I'm not even going to consider pumpkin and probably not even squash. In between the vegetables, I'll tuck some herbs and ornamentals. Can we ever have too many?
I could make room for a squash plant or two, and the same goes for beans, eggplant, and okra. I could even use pots if necessary. But small though my garden might be, that's not why I'm restricting the variety and quantity. I know my limitations and I am somewhat familiar with the plants' limitations. Our very hot, humid, buggy summers take a special kind of wherewithal. Sometimes I can hack it, sometimes I can't, and the same goes for garden vegetables.
I might be tempted by a seed catalogue, though, especially Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Have you seen their catalogue?
Wishing you all to be well and safe. Happy Gardening!
I plot and I plan. I work under dangerous conditions. I am frequently under assault. At times, I might drop everything and run for cover. I strive to work towards the greater good.
Gardening in southeast Texas can be brutal. Heat, humidity, and potentially disease-carrying mosquitoes are problems for more than half the year and a dangerous combination in summer. That’s to say nothing of fire ants and other biting, stinging insects. Snakes, too, although they only make a rare appearance in my little garden. Poison ivy and oak are common and birds sow both generously.
Despite some uncomfortable conditions, I feel very protective of the wild in my garden. It’s important to know friend from foe, for example, venomous from nonvenomous snakes. Even then, it’s often not necessary to engage.
As for the bugs, it is not fine with us to hurt the good with the bad. Pesticides are banned. So are herbicides. Our beds, whether food or ornamental, are organic. And while our garden isn’t entirely native, we do have plenty of native plants that please the local wildlife as well as ourselves.
While every garden is different, they all offer challenges, pleasures, time with nature. Much like people, they have their good days and bad days, high seasons and low; and they can all be fun and beautiful if you love them enough.